Tomlinson Family Log Books, 1852-1896  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Tomlinson family
Title
Tomlinson Family Log Books
Dates
1852-1896
Quantity
.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2163, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Tomlinson Family Log Books are a combination of financial and personal records, with diary-like entries, ledger accounts, and even copies of personal and business correspondence occurring sometimes within the same volume. Some material has been laid in the individual numbered volumes, including pages that appear to have been taken from other unidentified volumes the inclusive dates of the eight individual volumes also vary widely and, in some cases, overlap. The information includes weather observations, labor performed by various members of the Tomlinson family and their employees, and money received or distributed by the family or its various business enterprises. Subjects include flour and lumber milling, sales of lumber and other goods, and daily labor tasks performed.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John J. Tomlinson was born on March 1, 1812 in Fort Cumberland, Maryland. He was a miller who began migrating west in the 1830s, living at various times in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. On July 2, 1863 he married Margaret Elida House (1834-1917) and the couple moved to Emigrant Gulch in Montana Territory the following year. The Tomlinsons moved again in 1868 to a settlement in Gallatin County that would later become known first as Salesville and later as Gallatin Gateway. Tomlinson built a lath and shingle mill which he operated until July 1874 when he sold it to construct a flouring mill. He operated that business until 1879 when he sold out to Nelson Story. For the remainder of his life he farmed and participated in laying out the town plat for Salesville. The Tomlinsons had four children, Philo House (1865-1951), Harry Comly (1867-1942), John Jay (1869-?), and Amy Annie (1872-?). John J. Tomlinson died on March 26, 1888.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Tomlinson family log books are a combination of financial and personal records, with diary-like entries, ledger accounts, and even copies of personal and business correspondence occurring sometimes within the same volume. Some material has been laid in the individual numbered volumes, including pages that appear to have been taken from other unidentified volumes the inclusive dates of the eight individual volumes also vary widely and, in some cases, overlap. The information includes weather observations, labor performed by various members of the Tomlinson family and their employees, and money received or distributed by the family or its various business enterprises. Subjects include flour and lumber milling, sales of lumber and other goods, and daily labor tasks performed. The volumes have been identified with the same numbers assigned by Margaret Tomlinson Strickland when she produced her photocopied, edited versions of the Tomlinson family logs. As such, there is no original volume five since it was missing at the time of the donation.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1 Log book
Primarily diary like entries, the bulk of which begin at the end of August, 1864 with the Tomlinson's arrival at Emigrant Gulch, Montana.
1852-1866
2 Log book
Primarily diary like entries, entered in a column format that also records the simultaneous activities of John Tomlinson and several other men (either relatives or employees) in terse notations of performed labor tasks, along with a general description of the weather. Created when the family moved from Emigrant Gulch to Gallatin County, Montana.
1866-1879
3 Ledger book
Ledger entries that record transactions such as finished lumber sales to various parties in Gallatin County and Bozeman. The information appears to be entirely concerned with the family's business with no personal financial notations.
1867-1874
4 Ledger book
Ledger like entries that record transactions such as finished lumber, flour, and general mercantile sales to various parties in Gallatin County and Bozeman.
1867-1878
5 [missing]
6 Ledger book
Ledger like entries that record transactions such as finished lumber, flour, general mercantile sales, and livestock sales to various parties in Gallatin County.
1869-1896
7 Log and ledger book
Primarily diary like entries, entered in a column format that also records the simultaneous activities of John Tomlinson and his sons in terse notations of performed labor tasks, along with a general description of the weather. There are a few ledger entries for business accounts, and a transcription of a portions of a business contract, and a draft of a letter from Philo House Tomlinson proposing to build a school at Salesville written on September 23, 1886.
1878-1888
8 Log and ledger book
Primarily diary like entries, entered in a column format that also records the simultaneous activities of John Tomlinson, he sons, and several other men. Some financial account information is also recorded in this volume.
1878-1891
9 Log and ledger book
Primarily diary like entries, entered in a column format that also records the simultaneous activities of John Tomlinson and his sons. There are a few ledger entries for business accounts.
1883-1885

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture -- Montana -- Gallatin Gateway
  • Flour mills -- Montana -- Gallatin Gateway
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Emigrant Gulch
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Gallatin Gateway
  • Lumber trade -- Montana -- Gallatin Gateway
  • Pioneers -- Montana -- Emigrant Gulch -- Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Tomlinson, John Jay, 1812-1888
  • Tomlinson, Philo House, 1865-1951
  • Family Names :
  • Tomlinson family -- Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Emigrant Gulch (Mont.)
  • Gallatin Gateway (Mont.)
  • Salesville (Mont.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records -- Montana
  • Family papers -- Montana
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Tomlinson, John Jay, 1812-1888